The Tourist Attraction Created By Tourists
Like 221b Baker Street, the fictional address of Sherlock Holmes visited by legions of disappointed fans, Platform nine and three quarters (calling it Platform 9.75 would be easier on a computer keyboard) was visited by fans of Harry Potter so often that Network Rail built them one, complete with a porter’s trolley sticking out of the wall.
Unfortunately, as the station is undergoing renovation, they keep having to move it. As this is nothing to really see here beyond a photo opportunity that fans can then stick on their Facebook page, it’s the perfect tourist attraction – you don’t have to spend any time there, and you learn nothing from your visit. So much better than those boring old galleries and museums.
Well, now it’s in its third location in what appears to be a Greek temple on York way, and I have to climb through a line of tourists waiting to have their photos taken every morning. But it will soon have to move again, as the station facade is about to be replaced.
Clearly, fans have a need to visit the shrine of their schoolboy wizard – they’ll just have to keep an eye out for where it pops up next.